Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley says he’s pumped to reach 100th first-class game, against South Australia in the Sheffield
Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley says he’s bursting with pride and enthusiasm to play his 100th first-class match.
Hartley reaches the milestone in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia starting on Wednesday in Brisbane.
“I haven’t played too much over the last six weeks,” said Hartley, a spectator during the Big Bash League.
“I have had some good hit-outs in club cricket recently so the enthusiasm is absolutely up there for this Shield game.
“I’m catching the ball well, hitting the ball well, so I’m pumped for Wednesday.”
Hartley’s milestone comes in a crucial fixture with the Bulls currently fourth on the Shield table with 10 points and the Redbacks topping the table on 22 points.
The 31-year-old gloveman becomes the 14th player to reach 100 first-class games for Queensland.
“It’s probably something that you hope to do, but you don’t really keep track of it until you get closer to it,” he said.
“I always knew I was good enough to play at this level. And if you go out there and perform, then there is no reason why you can’t reach a milestone like 100 games.”
Queensland have summoned Gold Coast 19-year-old Nick Stevens for the clash against the Redbacks.
The promising batsman suffered a knee injury while fielding during his Shield debut last November and didn’t get a hit. He was sidelined two months.
Stevens returns to cover the absence of Chris Lynn, who sustained a fractured rib while playing for Australia in the Twenty20 series against England.
SA will be without paceman Kane Richardson, who will remain in Adelaide to attend a funeral, while emerging batsman Sam Raphael has taken the spot of Phil Hughes, who was drafted into Australia’s Test squad in South Africa.
Queensland: James Hopes (capt), Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Chris Hartley, Usman Khawaja, Alister McDermott, Luke Pomersbach, Nick Stevens (12th man to be named).
SA: Johan Botha (capt), Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Michael Klinger, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Sam Raphael, Chadd Sayers, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa (12th man to be named).